In Princeton and DC: Old Girl Networks at Work

The WIBA Leadership Conference was a delightful success, and on an appropriate day, when Congressional women did an endrun around recalcitrant men to lead-broker a compromise.

From Time magazine:

It’s quite an irony that the U.S. Senate was once known for having the worst vestiges of a private men’s club: unspoken rules, hidden alliances, off-hours socializing and an ethic based at least as much on personal relationships as merit to get things done. That Senate—a fraternal paradise that worked despite all its obvious shortcomings—is long gone. And now the only place the old boys’ network seems to function anymore is among the four Republicans and 16 Democrats who happen to be women.

At the WIBA conference, woman after woman told of battling the old boy networks. “Women can’t direct theatre,” Emily Mann was told, yet McCarter hired her. She knew what she could do. Asked: “Did you ever think you would get a Tony? breathless pause expecting modest no”

Mann’s answer: YES.

I think the operative slogan is: “Never underestimate the power of … ”

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One thought on “In Princeton and DC: Old Girl Networks at Work

  1. Anne Reeves reminds us: Do you remember, it was Barbara Sigmund’s mother, Lindy Boggs of Louisiana, who had the Womans Room created in the house for women to have a place to gather. It has the various representIves including Milicent Fenwick, Helen Meyner, etc. portraits on the walls.

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